Judge convicts wife beater on Tinian

Posted on Dec 30 2011

After a bench trial on Tinian, Brent Borja was convicted on nine out of 10 counts for the systematic and perpetual abuse of his girlfriend.

On Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011, Superior Court associate judge David A. Wiseman found Borja guilty on three counts of assault and battery, two counts of misuse of a government vehicle, two counts of disturbing the peace, and two counts of violating an order of protection. Borja was found not guilty on one count of child abuse. Sentencing was continued for 45 days.

Assistant attorney general Russel Lorfing prosecuted the case for the Commonwealth and assistant public defender Bejamin Petersburg represented Borja.

“The government was able to establish a pattern of physical, emotional, and mental abuse through the brave testimony of the defendant’s children and former spouse,” Lorfing said.

Testimony at trial proved the defendant attacked his girlfriend on several occasions, including an attack when the victim was nine months pregnant with the defendant’s twins.

Many of the attacks were also witnessed by the defendant’s children, who testified that on one occasion, they witnessed their father pull their mom out of the car by her hair and then punch her in the face.

The Office of the Attorney General seeks the cooperation of the public to solve other crimes of domestic violence. If anyone has information about a past crime, call the Department of Public Safety or NMI Crime Stoppers (234-7272). Tips can be forwarded on the Internet at: http://www.nmicrimestoppers.com.” Victims’ Advocate Blumel Ada (664-2366) serves to provide support to victims of crimes including coordination to ensure that victims know about case status and are involved and informed of plea offers.

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